Local municipalities collect this surface water, groundwater, and rainfall, which then goes through a filtration process to ensure that viruses, bacteria, and dirt are filtered out and it is safe for all Texans to drink and enjoy. That water is then stored in tanks, including water towers, where it eventually flows through various pipes to get into our homes.
For those in rural parts of the state, the water process may look different. Many rural properties may have private wells that are drilled into the ground to pump groundwater into their homes. Private well water typically goes through a filtration process and a water softener before arriving at the kitchen faucet, the refrigerator door, washing machine, or showerhead. Since rural properties are not connected to public water systems, it is up to the discretion of the property owner to ensure drinking water is clean and it's helpful to know how to choose a good water filtration device.